Where We Be
Austin, Texas
We drove to Austin to visit with Emily, one of Robin's best friends growing up
Emily came up with a great way to start our day -- kayaking at Zilker Metropolitan Park in Austin
Robin and Emily together again
Ian, youngest of Emily's four (count 'em, four) kids (with Scooter)
Peaceful view of downtown Austin from Town Lake
We camped at Pedernales State Park on our way to Austin
Unusually smooth rock formations at Pedernales State Park testify to the flash floods that periodically wash through here
The state capitol in Austin is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington, DC -- naturally!
State capitol dome with the "Lone Star" at its center
We visited Austin twice during our stay in Texas. The first
time was with my Mom and Dad, when we toured the State
Capitol building and had a delicious lunch at South Con-
gress Cafe. (Be sure to try their carrot cake French toast!)

On our second visit we met up with Emily, Robin's friend
all the way back to junior high school days. We met Emily
at Zilker Park in downtown Austin, rented three single
kayaks, and spent an hour paddling down a shallow
stream leading to Town Lake. What fun! In the stream were
dozens and dozens of turtles. I don’t think we’ve ever
seen so many. You had to be careful not to hit them with
your paddle.

After kayaking, we hiked around a portion of Town Lake,
then shared a picnic lunch at Zilker Park. At Emily's lovely
home on the outskirts of Austin, we met her husband
Wayne and four wonderful kids. We sat on the patio and
talked of old things and new, from junior high memories to
future travel plans.

On our way to Austin, Robin and I also visited Pedernales
State Park. We walked to shallow Pedernales Falls,
relaxing on the ultra-smooth rocks there, and camped